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Friday, December 05, 2008

Big game from Howard leads Magic over Oklahoma City

Dwight Howard had another 20/20 game and six other Magic players had at least eight points as the Magic welcomed back Jameer Nelson and Keith Bogans back to the rotation with a 98-89 win over the Thunder. The Magic were able to overcome poor shooting nights from Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis.

This was a close game for the first three quarters. The Magic led 21-18 after one; the Thunder took their last lead at 30-28 in the second with the Magic leading at the half 45-39. After three, the Thunder trailed by just four points, 70-66, but the Magic gradually pulled away in the fourth and had their largest lead at 98-87 before the final of 98-89.

Magic leading scorers

Dwight Howard: 21 points (7 of 17 field goals), 23 rebounds, 6 blocks
Jameer Nelson: 15 points (6 of 10 field goals), 7 assists, 4 steals
Hedo Turkoglu: 13 points (5 of 17 field goals), 7 assists
Rashard Lewis: 11 points (5 of 15 field goals), 6 rebounds
Keith Bogans (bench): 9 points (3 of 6 three pointers)

Oklahoma City leading scorers

Russell Westbrook: 19 points, 9 rebounds
Kevin Durant: 16 points, 10 rebounds

Game Statistics

FG%: ORL 45.2% (38 of 84) OKC 43.4% (36 of 83)
3 PT FG%: ORL 48.1% (13 of 27) OKC 33.3% (3 of 9)
FT%: OKC 66.7% (14 of 21) ORL 56.2% (9 of 16)
REB: OKC 46 (14 offensive) ORL 45 (13 offensive)
AST/TO: ORL 21/16 OKC 20/16

Other game notes and stats:

-Turkoglu and Lewis combined for just 24 points on 10 of 32 shooting with 8 turnovers
-The Thunder starting forwards, Kevin Durant and Jeff Green, combined for 25 points on 9 of 25 shooting with 7 turnovers
-Nelson and Redick combined for 23 points on 9 of 15 shooting
-The Magic bench (Bogans, Battie, Johnson, and Lee) combined for 30 points on 12 of 20 shooting, including 5 of 8 on threes
-The Magic outscored the Thunder from the field 89-75
-The Magic shot 9 of 13 on threes not including Lewis and Turkoglu

The Magic begin a five game Western road swing Monday at the LA Clippers two games ahead of second place Atlanta in the SE.

For the complete box score, click here


  • At 5:09 PM, Blogger Big Figure said…

    Give credit to the thunder for making the magic work for that victory. Its always a tough when you inject a scorer back into the line-up and it seemed like the guys just couldnt get anything going early with jameer on the floor. As the game went on they started to play better in spurts but at least the guys werent careless with the ball while struggling with their shots. This road trip will be good for the guys to get back into a comfort zone with jameer.

  • At 5:58 PM, Blogger Mike from Illinois said…

    It was nice to see that Nelson and Bogans played relatively well in their first games back from their respective injuries.


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